Who deserves imam place

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Who is more eligible for leading prayers of the following?
1. An unmarried Hafiz with beard
2. An ummarried Hafiz who shaves beard
3. A Hafiz who is not adult
4. A person who has beard but not Tajweed
5. A person who has not beard but has Tajweed
6. A person who is Hafiz but wants to lead in trousers with shirt tucked in
7. A married person who has all sunnah but no Tajweed
8. An Alim or Hafiz
9. A person who shaves but is very good Qari.


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah’s guidance)

1) An Alim who is in accordance with the sunnah and knows the Masa’il (rules) of Salaat well, is more eligible to lead the prayers.
2) If an Alim is not available, then a person who can recite the Quran well.
3) Then a person who is Pious.
4) Then the oldest person.
5) Then the good mannered and kind.

It is Makruh (disliked) to make a Faasiq (open sinner), an Ignorant person or one who indulges in Bidat (innovation) or one who is not very careful in observing the rules of Shari’at, an Imam.
(Nurul Idhah Pg. 78,79)

And Only Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

Moulana Qamruz Zaman
London, UK

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This answer was collected from, based in London (UK). It is one of the fruits of Darul Uloom London. Many ‘ulama are involved in answering the Q&A on the site, including: Shaikul Hadeeth Mufti Umar Farooq Sahib, Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib, Mufti Abdullah Patel Sahib, Maulana Qamruz Zaman Sahib, Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia Sahib.

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